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No matter how many friends insist, definitely do not take a guided bus tour. You waste a lot more time seeing all the places you never wanted to anyway. The best way to move around Mount Abu is to rent a motorcycle or an automatic scooter. Obviously, take it for a test spin before you agree. Starts from about Rs100 from 8am to 8pm. If that's not your style, rent a car taxi (there are no autorickshaws here). However, if you don't see Guru Shikhar, then all the worthwhile places are within a 3km radius so you can easily cover them by foot, and enjoy the local scene more that way too.
Updated Apr 19, 2011
What to buy: Although marble works are not limited to Mt. Abu, it is a very neat multi-purpose gift/souvenir for anyone back home (if weight is not an issue). Nifty little incense stick or "diyas" make beautiful gifts. If you're backpacking like the most of us -- forget about it. Try bangles instead, if you know her size. They come in plastic, metal, "laak," but my favorite is wood.
What to pay: There is a lot of competition, so no worries.
Written Apr 19, 2011
Well! Be careful if you have reserved for a train. Check its time of arrival at Abu road. If it is delayed then you better plan your trip to Abu road accordingly. Many tourists come to Abu road from Mount Abu, the hill station located about 30kms away. Being a transit station between Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Ajmer-Jaipur-New Delhi
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Most people think since Mt. Abu is on a hill it will be cooler. Yes, it is, but you still need sunscreen! Apply it throughout the day. Skin toasts easy in Rajasthan. Sunglasses and a cap will be useful too.
By the way, avoid a visit during peak tourist season: end of April to mid-July and after the Diwali festival. It is a crowded, touristy spot as it is.
Written Apr 22, 2011